The Delta Variant Doubles Hospitalization Risk, UK Study Shows
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- A new study has revealed that the Delta coronavirus variant might be as dangerous as the alpha variant, with double the risk of hospitalization
- The study published Friday in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases found that patients infected with the Delta variant had more than two times the risk of hospital admission compared with patients with the Alpha variant
- The researchers from Public Health England and the University of Cambridge also noted that emergency care attendance during hospital admission was higher for patients with the Delta variant
- The researchers analyzed data of more than 8,682 COVID-19 patients in England who were infected with the Delta variant and 34,656 who were infected with the Alpha variant
- The researchers found that 2.3% of patients with Delta variant and 2.2% of those infected with the Alpha variant were hospitalized within two weeks of testing positive
- After accounting for other risk factors for COVID-19 hospitalization, the researchers found that the Delta variant was associated with a 2.26 fold increase in the risk of hospitalization compared with the Alpha variant